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Comprehensive Cancer Center expands

Patients, faculty and staff at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center have been understandably excited these past couple of weeks with the opening of the new expansion. The opening caps an important year for the cancer center, which in March was designated “comprehensive” by the National Cancer Institute.

Ten years of planning and 18 months of construction resulted in a 46,000-square-foot building addition, which is connected to the original center by a covered bridge.

The expansion, dotted with works by local painters, photographers and other artists, doubles the center’s clinic capacity and brings adult and pediatric patients under one roof. Patients seen at other buildings nearby can now get all of their needs met in one place. 

Most exciting is the ability of physicians to expand clinical trials, more easily collaborate on research and conduct more specialty clinics. With pediatrics also at the center, it ensures continuity of care for patients as they mature from childhood to adolescence and adulthood.

The expansion helps the cancer center live up to its “comprehensive” designation, an achievement reserved for world-class cancer centers that demonstrate excellence in basic and translational research and a wide spectrum of cancer prevention, education and outreach services.

“We are thrilled to have a center that enables innovative patient care and research, helping us to be truly comprehensive so we can beat this disease,” said Ralph de Vere White, cancer center director.

The new expansion doubles the center’s clinic capacity and brings adult and pediatric patients under one roof. Robert Durell/photo

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